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Discussion in 'The GatorTail Pub' started by ArtVandelay, Aug 11, 2014.
A genius has passed on. Together we mourn this loss.
I'm really bummed now. I grew up watching mork and mindy when i was young with my parents (both are also gone too). he was funny on different levels and he made me think differently as a teenager and young adult. I hope his close friends and family can lean on each other through this tough time. time for some sam adams dammit!
I'd love to see Don McLean write a song about Robin Williams.
One of my favorite actors and by far my favorite stand-up comedian. Everyone mentions roles like in Aladin and Good Will Hunting where he really shined. One Hour Photo gets passed over a bit. I remember his performance essentially saved that movie.
This one really sucks.
Fortunate enough to see Robin perform live about 25 years ago. Still laughing. Sad he felt like he had to end his life. We all have been to dark places, but suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems. And I hope anyone in a similar place has the courage to seek help before ending things this way.
Absolutely his finest performance. Those other two he was type cast and just played himself. (IMHO, Patch Adams was a horrible movie). I would say the same about Good Morning Vietnam. That was Robin playing Robin. Awakenings was a great film and the most restrained, most poignant role he ever played. The character inhabited him completely. There was no sign of the manic comedian.
That's another great film where he had to stretch out of his comfort zone. I think his legacy would be even greater if he'd been given more purely dramatic performances.
I do love the voiceover work he did in animated films. Few people have an appreciation for hard voice acting is.
I take back what I said about Good Will Hunting. Thinking back on that film, he never fell back on his comic schtick. I don't think Van Zandt or the writers would have let him.
You are entitled to your opinion. When I say Mrs. Doubtfire, everyone knows its Robin Williams. Not sure you can say that about his other characters. That is why I put that as the title. Not because I think it was his best movie (although I think it was one of his best movies)
Good Will Hunting was his best performance and best movie in my opinion.
I agree about One Hour Photo being very underrated.
And I think his comedy is as good as there is.
That's what it is sometimes, but acute depressive episodes aren't about temporary problems or even actual problems at all. There might be a trigger in the beginning, but it's usually forgotten. The best way to describe it is the worst grief you have ever experienced in your life, but it doesn't go away. You relive it day after day. You can't sleep. You can't eat. There is no relief from the psychic pain and you are absolutely convinced that it will never go away. There is usually a physical pain with it as well, usually in the stomach or chest. The delusions are powerful and convincing. You lose the ability to think or act rationally. If someone does intervene before you harm yourself, the first thing they do in a psych facility is shoot you full of antipsychotics to shut out the delusions. It really is psychosis. The recollection of it after the episode has passed is like remembering a really long hallucinogenic dream.
You are right about seeking help, but that has to be done before you sink too deep. In Robin's case, it sounds like these episodes came on him very quickly. Once you get to a certain point, you may not trust or believe anyone who is trying to help you.
Sad to hear but he has been a train wreck for some time. Saw him drink nearly a case of bottled water during one stand up show and I doubt it was because he had salty chips before the event. Sad he had to go so soon but some of the talented are just shooting stars that burn out way too fast. RIP Doubtfire, you won't be forgotten.
On a side note, Mindy has been married to Mark Harmon for years.
He and Pam were reunited recently on an episode of The Crazy Ones. They were set up on a blind date.
FWIW, that show was based on an ad agency I used to work for. His character was based loosely on one of the creative directors working there. Possibly more than one. There were a lot of crazy ones. His character was nicer than most of the crazy ones I knew.
I bet Heath Ledger wished he'd lived long enough to have a 37 year filmography. Did he even live 37 years?
1) World According To Garp
2) The Fischer King
4) Good Will Hunting (personally helped me develop coping mechanisms)
6) Bonus - Dead Poet's Society
My personal top five. Garp & Fischer really affected me during my teens, then my twenties, respectively.
Excuse me, I have to go listen to some Sharon Von Etten right freaking now! This is so sad.
Awakenings was a better performance than all of those, though I totally forgot about The Fisher King. Great film, but more about the director and the ensemble.
I have to go off on Dead Poet's Society. I was a huge Peter Weir fan, but he broke my heart with that one. That was the most emotionally manipulative film I've ever seen. I also think he gave Robin way too long a leash. That was a great character without letting him be Robin Williams. DPS was a beautifully filmed, mostly wonderfully acted piece of crap and ended a run of nearly perfect films by Peter Weir. He should have never left Australia. He never made a bad movie there. His early films were much more nuanced before he started pampering to American tastes. He made some great ones over here, but that wasn't one of them. I wanted to beat the crap out of the projectionist and then get my money back.
I liked DPS.
This is how I will always remember Robin Williams, not the manic physical, obscene comic, but the great actor in the gentle, brilliant hands of Terry Gilliam in one of the most illuminating films ever made about mental illness. I've never been able to watch this scene without tears coming to my eyes.
Never seen The Fisher King,It's about mental illness?